This was after less than a hundred locals joined a procession to welcome FDC party president Patrick Amuriat Oboi and four time FDC party presidential candidate Rtd Col Dr Kizza Besigye in Pandwong Division.
FDC supporters wash their faces to clear effects of teargas fired by Police on Saturday in Pandowng Division.
The police this Saturday afternoon fired teargas as they attempted to disrupt a procession by Forum for Democratic
Change Party supporters in Kitgum Municipality.
Less than a hundred
locals joined a procession to welcome FDC party president Patrick Amuriat Oboi and former FDC party presidential candidate Rtd Col Dr Kizza Besigye in Pandwong
Division before police set in to fire teargas.
Oboi and Dr. Besigye had arrived
in the Municipality to grace thanksgiving prayers for the Kitgum
Municipality Member of Parliament elect Denis Onekalit Amere at Kitgum Public
As locals gathered at mon Bunyu
market in Pandwong Division to accompany Dr. Besigye, Oboi, and Amere for a two
and half kilometer procession. They were however stopped by anti-riot police
The officer in charge of Kitgum Central police station Martin Abigaba told the FDC members in the procession that it would attract large followings thereby compromising the COVID-19
guidelines. But after a heated argument with FDC officials and failing to reach
a compromise, police officers fired teargas at the crowds.
For close to 40 minutes, FDC
supporters accompanied by Dr. Beisgye, Oboi, and Amere made processions to the
thanksgiving prayer venue as police looked on helplessly.
The thanks-giving prayer was to be presided by Rev Fr. John Mark Oryem, the Parish Priest of Padibe in Lamwo District.
Amere defeated the incumbent
Kitgum Municipality legislator and State Minister for Environment Beatrice
Anywar in the recent January 14th parliamentary polls. He polled 3,263 votes, while
Anywar garnered 3,052 votes.
Bureau Chief, East Acholi